St. Mary’s Secret Garden supports the Hackney community through social and horticultural therapy, training and volunteering opportunities; we’ve done this for the last 25 years.With your help, we’ll continue to use our acre of space and variety of gardens to offer services and opportunities to a range of people, helping improve their health and wellbeing as well as helping them achieve City and Guild qualifications, supporting the local community’s growth and wellbeing long into the future. You will be responsible for developing our work with the wider community; including the delivery of a new project for Connect Hackney, coordinating and developing our community greening initiatives and growing our relationships with the local community and businesses.You will work with existing groups who already access the garden and complement and enhance their work, ensuring a safe working environment and maintaining our superb community garden.You’ll be in charge of some of our key projects; we will need you to work closely with the Director, our staff and volunteers to share good practice, network locally and develop peer-to-peer support.
This role is a developing one and we see opportunities in: plant and produce sales, coordinating community events, school educational tours, garden hire for events and occasions and selling space to deliver wellbeing programmes in our Therapy Shed.These are just some of our ideas, we want you to come and help us grow them.In order to do this job you’re going to need experience in;
- Taking projects of quality through to deadline, budget and with minimal supervision
- Organising and developing events for the local community
- Delivering training and workshops to staff and beneficiaries
- Developing and maintaining relationships with partners, community groups, local authorities and other stakeholders.
- ·Monitoring, evaluation and reporting of projects
- Devising, initiating and implementing new activities and programs of work
- Experience of managing and supporting; volunteers, stakeholders and partners and particularly those that require extra support.
- Profile raising using social media, web, local press
- Working in the voluntary or the not-for-profit sector
The sort of person who works well with us will have:
- A pro-active approach to sharing learning with other staff and partners
- An excellent advocate for the charity and the project
- A passion around the potential to transform communities in London and improve the lives of individuals through the project
- Preparedness to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in!
- ·A knowledge and interest in environmental sustainability
- Familiarity and relationships with community networks and growing groups in London
- Some horticultural knowledge and skills and a desire to develop these skills further
- Excellent oral, written and presentation skills
- A high level of competence in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint,